And perhaps, in their pursuance of this litigation, the EPA will be taken down, too.
Email evidence indicates that not only did Monsanto help write the so-called cancer studies on Roundup, but that EPA officials colluded to keep reports on glyphosate's carcinogenic status in favor of the industry. Former EPA scientist Marion Copley's heartbreaking email not only illustrates the cancer-causing capacity, but that the EPA is riddled with corruption and greed.
Copley's letter describes a host of ways in which glyphosate can cause cancer:
"Any one of these mechanisms alone listed can cause tumors, but glyphosate causes all of them simultaneously. It is essentially certain that glyphosate causes cancer. With all of the evidence listed above, the CARC category should be changed to 'probable human carcinogen,'" Copley states. Copley passed away in 2014, before the IARC finally did come to reach this conclusion.
And as The Miller Firm notes, recent independent studies have shown that farm workers exposed to glyphosate or Roundup are at least twice as likely to develop lymphoma. Monsanto is, at the very least, guilty of engaging in deceptive marketing tactics by making claims that their deadly herbicide is "safer than table salt" and "practically non-toxic." Worse still, several scientists have gone to federal prisons for falsifying data on the toxicity of glyphosate. According to The Miller Firm, the issues with Roundup's safety testing date back to 1976. In spite of this, Monsanto has spent the last few decades convincing the public that glyphosate is totally safe.
Farm workers are particularly susceptible to the adverse health effects of glyphosate exposure. The Miller Firm has launched their lawsuit against Monsanto and taken aim at the EPA as well, citing that farmers were intentionally led to believe the cancer-causing chemical was safe -- and if they had known the product was toxic, they'd have at least have known of the risks and been able to better protect themselves and further minimize contact with the herbicide.
The legal team also notes that Marion Copley's letter points to corruption and collusion occurring between Monsanto and the EPA to protect glyphosate from being exposed as toxic.
"For once in your life, listen to me and don’t play your political conniving games with the science to favor the registrants. For once do the right thing and don’t make decisions based on how it affects your bonus. You and Anna Lowit intimidated staff on CARC and changed MI ARC and IIASPOC final reports to favor industry. The CARC category should be changed to “probable human carcinogen," Copley writes in her email to fellow EPA scientist Jess Roland.
Court documents have continued to point to a not-so-innocent relationship between Roland and Monsanto. UPI reports that emails between Roland and Monsanto scientist Dr. William Heydens reveal that Heydens offered to write a 2013 report on glyphosate for the EPA. Roland purportedly then used the reports to conclude glyphosate should not be classified as carcinogenic.
Emails have also shown that Monsanto sought Roland out to stop the Agency of Toxic Substance and Disease Registry (ATSDR) -- another federal agency -- from investigating glyphosate further. A conversation relayed to coworkers by Monsanto regulatory affairs manager, Dan Jenkins shows that Rowland said,"If I can kill this I should get a medal."
Bloomberg reports that the ATDSR never did publish a toxicological profile on the substance.
All signs point to one thing: both the EPA and Monsanto know glyphosate is toxic and carcinogenic, but they're doing whatever they can to keep that fact under wraps.
Will The Miller Firm be able to convince the courts to mete out the appropriate punishment in the face of such corruption? One can only hope.